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ellis shows us, some educators say charter schools are not worth their weight in results. >> noble academy charter school in euclid, ohio, has 240 students, a waiting list and 100% of its students have passed the state's reading test. >> i can say it is mostly from the help of the teachers and the support of the parents. >> reporter: charter schools are public schools that are federally funded but privately run. 5,000 charter schools operate in 39 states and washington, d.c., serving more than 1.5 million students and 300,000 more are on waiting lists. >> it is that partnership between parents and teachers in the community to come together in an area where maybe traditional public education has failed. >> reporter: but another 11 states don't allow charters at all. opponents of charter schools say taxpayer money should be used to fix traditional public schools rather than creating charter schools which have less federal oversight and often require students to win a lottery to attend. diane ravage, the former assistant secretary of education under the george h.w. bush administration
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